Hi there Gerhardus and thank you for your question,
Unfortunately this is quite a common occurrence, and is unfortunately a difficult situation.
LegalWise will support him to the full because he is their client. They will continue to make threats against you (even to issue a summons) until you give it. The trick is NOT to give in.
Step 1 is to write a letter back to LegalWise and deny all of the claims. Ask that they provide you with proof of the oral agreement, supported by documents.
Step 2 is to speak to your gardener about his claims. Why is he making this up? Does he need the money for something? What's going on? See if you can get him to admit that he needs the money for something, and see if you can't try understand what's happening.
If he is your ex-gardener, then you obviously won't be able to do this.
If LegalWise issues a summons on his behalf, you will need to decide:
Either: defend the summons and get dragged through a possible trial where you will need to give evidence as to the employment agreement, and then let the Magistrate decide who to believe.
Or: make a without prejudice settlement proposal of an amount. Make sure that all settlement proposals have the words "without prejudice" somewhere in it, or even say "this proposal is made on a without prejudice basis".
Tell LegalWise that you will no longer communicate with them over the telephone, and stick to that. Actually hang up the phone if they phone you. Explain that you will ONLY correspond in writing, via post/email. If they send you an SMS, delete it.
They will make every effort they can to force you into paying, including making various threats of attaching your assets, and sending the sheriff around to collect your stuff. This is all lies.
They need to issue a summons, have that served on you, go to trial, win, then have the sheriff attach stuff.
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